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The Research School of Chemistry is committed to ensure the safety of its staff, students and visitors. 

All incidents and hazards should be reported through the ANU Reporting System Figtree.


The Research School of Chemistry is committed to ensure the safety of its staff, students and visitors.

For their own sakes, and in their own interests, all staff and students are required to observe the ANU Procedures and Policies and RSC safety Regulations. The ANU principles of this commitment are defined in the ANU Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy.

Incidents, Near-misses, and Hazards

All incidents, near-misses and hazards must be reported (a) to your direct supervisor, and (b) to ANU's incident reporting system Figtree. Certain incidents have to be reported to Comcare (find out which ones using this Comcare flowchart). In those cases it is critical to preserve the incident site until Comcare has provided clearance.

People who do not have access to Figtree should contact their local contacts/hosts/supervisors and email this form to whsincidents@anu.edu.au and rsc.safety-officer@anu.edu.au.

After-hours login

RSC staff and students must sign in outside business hours (Mo-Fr, 8:00-18:00) when entering or remaining in the building, independent of the kind of work that is being done.

Visitors must at any time and must be accompanied by RSC staff at all times unless inducted into the building to the appropriate level.

Signing in is done via the tablets freely available in the foyer of building 137 and the link entrance between buildings 137/138. Alternatively, use the WOL Mobile app and sign in/out using your mobile phone (iPhone or Android; contact rsc-facilities@anu.edu.au or rsc.trainingofficer@anu.edu.au to retrieve your unique sign-up code).

Safety Alerts and Safety News

Please read the latest RSC and ANU safety alerts.

COVID-19 related

ANU Policies and Procedures

RSC Policies and Procedures


Legislation and Standards

RSC emergency response

RSC WHS Committee

The RSC WHS Committee (formerly Advisory Committee on Safety; ACS) is composed of the RSC Director, RSC School Manager, RSC WHS Manager, and a number of staff and student representatives from a variety of work areas across the RSC (e.g. academia, chemical research, biochemical research, workshops, students, postdocs, teaching). A minimum of 4 meetings are held each year, and everyone at the RSC is encouraged to raise safety related issues with the Committee.



Chemwatch and Chemical Inventory

The Chemical Management System (CMS) has been implemented at the ANU in 2016 and includes a database for Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and an inventory of chemicals stored at the RSC and ANU. Link to CMS log-in: http://jr.chemwatch.net. Please use your u-number and HORUS/ISIS password to log in.

The RSC CMS team have developed this user guide document with tailored instructions and tips. 

Info sessions on RSC's chemical purchasing process, CMS data cleaning, SDS requirements and a few other topics were held in 2019, with more drop-in sessions for questions scheduled for 2020. Updated slide deck can be found here: Power Point (live document), or PDF (static).

If you would like to request the translation of a SDS from overseas to Australian requirements, fill out this SDS Translation Template and send it to CMS.RSC@anu.edu.au.

If you would like to request the generation of containers within ChemWatch in bulk, use this container generation template and send it to CMS.RSC@anu.edu.au.

List of time sensitive chermicals and chemicals that require licences. Whenever checking your chemicals/inventory or placing orders, consider the shelf life.

Useful information and guidance material around the CMS (e.g. deleting/adding containers, stocktake, manuals) provided by ANU. RSC specific inquiries and requests regarding the CMS should be emailed to CMS.RSC@anu.edu.au 

The CMS replaced the former Chemical Inventory System (CIS), which was phased out in 2017.